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ACTION FOR APRIL 2016
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In a groundbreaking letter to the US Secretary of State, ten Representatives and Senator Patrick Leahy (VT) have called for accountability for U.S. military assistance to Israel and Egypt.

The lawmakers write, “There have been a disturbing number of reports of possible gross violations of human rights by security forces in Israel and Egypt—incidents that may have involved recipients, or potential recipients, of U.S. military assistance.  We urge you to determine if these reports are credible and to inform us of your findings.”

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(Above) An Israeli newspaper reported on the street execution of an 18-year-old Palestinian girl by an Israeli soldier.

The Leahy Law restricts foreign forces from receiving U.S. military assistance if there is credible evidence that they have committed a gross human rights violation and their government has failed to them accountable.  

The Leahy Law should be applied uniformly to all countries.  The Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP) explains:  “The congressional letter expresses concern that Israel and Egypt are not being subjected to the same level of rigorous monitoring applied to other aid recipients. Congressional oversight and a uniform system of monitoring are crucial to ensure that all recipients of U.S. aid are treated fairly and that U.S. foreign aid does not make the United States complicit in human rights violations.” (emphasis added)
The Israeli Prime Minister send a sharply worded retort to Senator Leahy for questioning Israel’s human rights record. See articles below about the war of words the "Leahy Letter" generated in Congress and with Israel.
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Read more about the Leahy Letter and the news it has generated.
See the Full Letter
http://www.politico.com/f/?id=00000153-c56c-d662-a75b-cfecc6be0000
Leahy asked State Dept. to investigate Israeli human rights violations
http://www.politico.com/story/2016/03/patrick-leahy-senate-israel-egypt-state-221366#ixzz44M7uH5uj
Senate battle erupts over charges Israel violates human rights
In The Forward: http://politi.co/1Wgm32V
Netanyahu and Sen. Leahy tangle over Israel’s killing of Hadeel Hashlamoun
In Mondoweiss: http://bit.ly/1SeXUYY
Netanyahu responds to Leahy with a strange string of lies
In 972 Mag: http://bit.ly/1T2dRhD
Senator Leahy to Netanyahu: Investigating Alleged Israeli Abuses 'Only Fair to U.S. Taxpayers'  http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.711900


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